The Great Game

Ref: C3743236

This course traces the history and development of 20th century British spy novel through a range of fiction by such masters of the genre as Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Erskine Childers, Somerset Maugham, and John le Carré. We question the enduring popularity of the genre and explore some of the literary techniques used in the production of suspense fiction.

Course aim

This course traces the history and development of the 20th century British spy novel through a range of fiction.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No particular skills are required, but a love of reading and an interest in cultural history.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe some of the historical contexts of national and international espionage.
  • Identify some key narrative and structural devices used by authors in the production of suspense fiction.
  • In discussion, demonstrate some awareness of developments within the production of generic popular fiction in the 20th century.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It is expected that you will have read each text in advance of each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be helpful if you have read Rudyard Kipling's, 'Kim' before the first session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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The Great Game

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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